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A Fascinating History of Tenerife Before Spain

Tenerife, through the lens of history

Approximately five million visitors land on the far-flung isle of Tenerife each year. It is the most visited island of the Balearic archipelago, and a favourite destination for sun-worshippers, party goers and nature-lovers. Known as the Isla de la Eterna Primavera, or Island of Eternal Spring, it enjoys a warm tropical climate and sunshine for most of the year, making it one of the most important sites of tourism for Spain.

You would be forgiven, then, for believing that its history and that of mainland Spain are linked inextricably. But the story of Tenerife begins long before the arrival of the Castilians in the 15th century.

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A volcano on Tenerife